Since the death of Lauryn "Lu" Oliphant from acute myelogenous leukemia May 5, 2016, the fund established in her memory has raised $58,000 to support AML research at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children's Hospital.
The Lauryn "Lu" Oliphant Memorial Fund operates through the Fairfield County Foundation.
In addition to year-round donations and an annual golf outing the Oliphant family hosts in July, the fund is supported by an annual party.
The third annual "Rockin' to Beat Leukemia" is scheduled from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 2 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Drive.
It will feature live music from The Martini Affair, food, drinks, raffles and a silent auction while seeking to raise both awareness about AML and money to fight the disease that took Lu at age 17.
"When we get money, we split it 50/50 with Nationwide and The James," said Theresa Oliphant, Lu's mother. "We're raising money in honor, of course, for Lu's memory and legacy, but it's going to help other people."
Tickets for Rockin' to Beat Leukemia are $30 and can be purchased at www.lumemorialfund.com and www.facebook.com/TeamLauryn.
Oliphant said her family remains hopeful as it continues to do its part to fight AML. She pointed to the Dec. 5 death of popular WBNS-10TV chief meteorologist Chris Bradley after a 20-month battle with the disease, as more evidence that people with AML continue to need help.
"We know how it impacted our family," she said. "That's where we come from.
"We know there's a need to raise and awareness and funding. We know there's others who are affected by it and it's hard to get the word out."
In addition to their annual party and golf outing, the Oliphants hope to leverage their education and fundraising efforts after Coldwell Banker King Thompson's Pickerington office recently selected the Lauryn "Lu" Oliphant Memorial Fund as its charity of the year.
Oliphant noted those who can't attend Rocking to Beat Leukemia can still contribute to the cause through the website, lumemorialfund.com. In addition for striving to find an AML cure, she said the support is helping to develop better treatment options and outcomes.
All contributions are tax-deductible.